#Office365Challenge – Clutter is a new feature in Microsoft Office 2016 (Outlook) which automatically moves mails to a “Clutter” folder, based on your previous interactions with that sender / message / whether you’ve read it etc.

Day: 154 of 365, 211 left
Tools: Outlook
Description: Outlook – Clutter

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So what is all the “Clutter Stuff” about? Clutter is a feature (which can be switched off), that will automatically move your mails to a new folder called Clutter. The rule behind the move will be based on your history of interaction with that type of email. Do you read emails from that sender, do you reply? Do you ignore emails with that type of content?

Let’s see what Microsoft has to say about this:

In Outlook 2016 for Windows, “Clutter” can help you filter low-priority email, saving time for your most important messages. If Clutter isn’t for you, you can TURN IT OFF.

The email server keeps track of the email you read and the ones you don’t. Once you turn it on, Clutter is automatic. As new email comes in, it takes messages you’re most likely to ignore and puts them into the “Clutter” folder. Read More…

How to find your items in Clutter? Simply navigate to the Clutter folder. Move items back from Clutter to your Inbox and Outlook will remember that next time – and not move that “type of item” to Clutter again.

You can also move emails to your Clutter folder, which will allow for Outlook to do that automatically next time.

You can change your Clutter settings by right clicking on the Clutter folder and go to Manage Clutter, it will ask you to log into your Outlook Web and take you to the Clutter page where you can make changes.

Now this is important for me to better understand the logic behind Clutter:

Messages from certain people will never be identified as clutter:

  • You
  • Anyone in your management chain
  • Your direct reports

Clutter looks at various aspects of messages to understand what you don’t typically read. For example:

  • The sender
  • Whether you participated in the conversation
  • If you’re the only recipient
  • Its importance

As your reading habits change, Clutter learns and adapts.

There you go, not as scary or crazy as you thought at first right? All it takes is the right information and some reading up about the matter.

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.

Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.